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Dhumal boasts 95% achievements under NRHM

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Himachal Pradesh has achieved 95 percent targets under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) implementation since the inception of the programme. This was revealed by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister in the letter written to Shri Gulam Nabi Azad, Union Health Minister by him to put the record straight some statements of low expenditure under the Mission Programme being made by different quarters were given wrong impression amongst the people.

Chief Minister said that the State had optimumly utilised the budgetary provisions made for the State under NRHM which was evident from the fact that the infant mortality rate (IMR) had dropped in the State to 11 percent, institutional deliveries increased from 50 to 70 percent and total fertility rate reduced to 1.7 in the State. He said that similarly there were other achievements under the Mission programme where the State had made remarkable achievement. He clarified to the Union Health Minister that the achievement of Himachal Pradesh during BJP regime had been 102 percent compared to 48 percent during Congress regime. He said that out of the budgetary allocations received under NRHM during Congress regime of Rs. 8469.07 lakhs for the period from 2005-06 to 2007-08, expenditure had been only Rs. 4168.21 lakh, which amounts to only 48 percent of the allocations during those three years of Congress rule in the State. He said that during BJP regime beginning from year 2008-09 to 2011-12, total allocation under the Mission amounts to Rs. 48423.37 lakh out of which expenditure of Rs. 49511.09 lakhs had been incurred, which also included the balance unspent budget pertaining to Congress regime and the achievement had been 102.20 percent, more than double to the achievement made during previous Congress regime.

He said that the State now had best health indicators and ranked amongst the front running states of the country in implementation of different health programmes and creating quality health infrastructure to cater to the health requirements of the people of the State. He said that the State had been ranking at number one in Health Sector during preceding years and NRHM had supplemented the efforts of the State Government towards strengthening the health network in the State. He urged Union Health Minister to continue his support towards the State so that better and efficient health services were made available to the people, especially those residing in the remote and difficult areas and who deserved such health care services more than the others.

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Press note released by Information & Public Relations HP Govt.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt

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Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1

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Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister

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Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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